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HH cooking salt is refined or coarse

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SALTREFINED indicates whether the household uses refined or coarse salt for cooking.

The information in SALTREFINED is taken from the household record and applies to regular household residents, not temporary visitors. Researchers may wish to exclude visitors using the RESIDENT variable (with visitors coded "2") when women, children, or births are the unit of analysis, and using the HHRESIDENT variable when household members are the unit of analysis.


Apart from universe differences and slight differences in question wording, SALTREFINED is largely comparable across samples.

Comparability - Standard DHS

SALTREFINED is a country-specific variable not included in the standard DHS household questionnaire.


  • India 1998: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • India: 1998-W, 1998-C, 1998-B, 1998-H